So what exactly do you eat in a day? This question comes up nearly every time I talk to people about my raw vegan diet. What I eat in a day as a raw vegan videos are some of the most popular on my YouTube channel. So here we go:
Breakfast/Lunch – I skip breakfast most every day and eat my first meal around 11am. This is known as a type of intermittent fasting where I eat for 8 hours a day and fast for the remaining 16 hours.
Oh no! You skip breakfast? That’s crazy! Or is it?
The point of intermittent fasting is to allow enough time in between my last and first meal of the day for my body to burn fat. Eating continuously and not giving your body a break from digesting food doesn’t allow it time to burn fat or complete important cellular repair functions.
Today my breakfast/lunch consisted of the following fresh, seasonal, organic fruit:
1 small/medium cantaloupe
1 small watermelon
24 ounces blueberries
Dinner – I typically eat dinner around 6 ish. It pretty much always consist of my favorite BIG SALAD!
Big Salad Ingredients:
1-1.5 lbs cherry tomatoes
Juice of 1 lime
1 yellow pepper
1/2 head iceberg lettuce
1 head romaine lettuce
1 papaya – I ate this before the salad.
So there you go. Everything I ate today. Strangely, I didn’t eat any bananas today, which is not normal. I love bananas!
What, no juices or smoothies? – Yes, I know. For a raw vegan it’s pretty unusual not to drink juices or smoothies. While I occasionally have a smoothie or juice, I like to eat my food in its whole food form.
I also enjoy keeping everything I eat very simple. So a smoothie or juice with 10 different ingredients isn’t really something I consider simple. I would rather eat a whole papaya and enjoy the taste of the papaya rather than combining it with 10 other fruits.
Food combining is also a concern. Certain fruits and vegetables do not combine well and may contribute to digestive issues and/or stomach upset.
I also believe eating whole foods allows my body to monitor and take in an appropriate amount of calories. I have friends that make morning smoothies with 1500 to 2000 calories. Taking in excess calories is just too easy when it’s blended or juiced versus eating all the ingredients in their whole food form.
High water content – I focus on eating as many fruits and vegetables that have high water content as possible. Not only are these less calorically dense, but it’s also so important to get hydration from the foods you eat. Sure, drinking water is important. But getting hydration from your food is the quickest and most efficient way to hydrate your cells.
As an athlete, hydration is a top concern. I run a lot and sweat a lot. My recovery from hard workouts is largely dependent on how I hydrate and the quality of my nutrition.
High water content foods are pretty obvious, but fruits like watermelon, papaya and oranges are all great choices. Bananas and avocados are examples of fruits that are less water content. Now that’s not to say you can’t eat those. I enjoy both on a daily basis, but I try and eat more of the higher water content choices.
No processed foods – if what you’re eating has a label, it’s processed. Look for foods without labels and stock up on them. I once had a friend phone me from the grocery store, asking what she should look for on food labels in order to eat healthier. I told her if it has a label she should put it back on the shelf and move on.
The problem with processed, package foods has to do with both the added sugar, fat and salt, but also the preservatives and additives intended to increase the shelf life and palatability. It’s really pretty much impossible to avoid these additives, no matter how healthy the packaging claims the food item is.
The benefits of eating raw – benefits are numerous, but probably the biggest benefit is eating raw allows you to easily choose healthy food. There is no label reading or wondering if a certain food fits within you diet. If it’s raw and it’s a vegetable or fruit, you’re good to go.
I hope this What I eat in a day as a raw vegan helps you when deciding what you should be eating in a day to maximize your health. Start out with a day or two of eating high carb, low fat, all raw vegan food and move on when you’re ready to day 3, day 4 and beyond.